Marion JonesA six-month jail term is something former track star Marion Jones cannot handle. So she’s now asking President Bush to beg her pardon. Would the outgoing Prez grant her wish?

With the admonishing letter from the newly appointed USA Track and Field, that wish may not be granted.

The New York Times provides details on this ‘juicy’ scoop:

The newly appointed chief executive of USA Track & Field has sent a strongly worded letter to President Bush, asking him not to pardon the disgraced sprinter Marion Jones or commute the six-month jail sentence she is serving for lying to investigators about her use of performance-enhancing drugs and about her role in a check-fraud case.

“Our country has long turned a blind eye to the misdeeds of our heroes,” Doug Logan wrote in an open letter to President Bush. Logan was named chief executive of the sport’s national governing body last week. “If you have athletic talent or money or fame, the law is applied much differently than if you are slow or poor or an average American trying to get by. At the same time, all sports have for far too long given the benefit of the doubt to its heroes who seem too good to be true, even when common sense indicates they are not.

“To reduce Ms. Jones’s sentence or pardon her would send a horrible message to young people who idolized her, reinforcing the notion that you can cheat and be entitled to get away with it. A pardon would also send the wrong message to the international community. Few things are more globally respected than the Olympic Games, and to pardon one of the biggest frauds perpetuated on the Olympic movement would be nothing less than thumbing our collective noses at the world.”

In October, at a federal court in White Plains, Jones pleaded guilty to making false statements to investigators in two cases: the Bay Area Laboratory Co-operative doping case that also ensnared her former coach (Trevor Graham) and former boyfriend (Tim Montgomery), and a bank case involving fraudulent checks.

The same New York Times article lauded the Logan’s undaunted position on Jones’ case:

The letter sent by Logan was a striking departure from the often-timid remarks made by leaders of various Olympic sports federations. It reflected the anger that many antidoping officials felt after Jones called into question the legitimacy of drug-testing procedures before acknowledging that she had taken illicit substances.

Jones has won five medals at the 2000 Summer Olympics in Sydney, Australia but has since been stripped of every medal dating back to September 2000 after admitting that she used steroids and other performance-enhancing drugs. She’s at the Federal Medical Center-Carswell near Fort Worth, Tex., since March. Since she has already served a good portion of her sentence, many consider her request an attempt to clear her record of a felony conviction.

President Bush’s action on Jones’ case will show his resolve against the use of steroids in professional sports. He has constantly voiced out his strong views on this issue, even meriting a paragraph in his State of the Union Address in 2004.

Here’s that telling paragraph of President Bush’s take on steroids. An excerpt of his 2004 State of the Union Address reads:

To help children make right choices, they need good examples. Athletics play such an important role in our society, but, unfortunately, some in professional sports are not setting much of an example. The use of performance-enhancing drugs like steroids in baseball, football, and other sports is dangerous, and it sends the wrong message—that there are shortcuts to accomplishment, and that performance is more important than character. So tonight I call on team owners, union representatives, coaches, and players to take the lead, to send the right signal, to get tough, and to get rid of steroids now.